Becker in the News: Headlines for July 2018

Published on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Transitions: Appointments, resignations, retirements, awards, deaths, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 26

Ursula Furi-Perry, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Becker College, has been named as the interim dean of the college’s new School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

The Worcester Railers HC Add Becker College Graduate Tommy Nourie as Account Executive,, July 25

The Worcester Railers Hockey Club has hired Tommy Nourie as an account executive. Nourie was a member of the Becker College men’s ice hockey team and graduated from Becker with a degree in Business Administration/Sports Management.

The Aluminij Gallery in Mostar represents the literary opus of Vladimir Pištalo,, July 23

An exhibit of the works of writer and Becker College professor Vladimir Pištalo is being held at the Aluminij Gallery in Mostar,‎ Bosnia and ‎Herzegovina.

Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center recognized with award, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 19

The Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, where the Becker Hawks play ice hockey, has been recognized with an award from the Environmental Business Council of New England.

Obituaries, The Putnam Town Crier, July 19

Becker College graduate Jade A. Nicholls, 21, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died unexpectedly on July 11. She earned a degree as a vet tech from Becker.

Choosing the right path: Many factors compound lure of gangs, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 18

Becker College student DuVone Mitchell, a case worker and outreach worker at the Worcester Youth Center, was interviewed for this story about gang violence in the city. Mitchell is pursuing  a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Jennifer Toland: Matt Burke has big shoes to fill at Fitchburg State in replacing longtime director of athletics Sue Lauder, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 17

Brian Kehew is the new baseball coach at Becker College.

Becker College creates graduate studies school, Worcester Business Journal, July 17

Becker College has established a new School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The story was also covered by several other publications including the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and

We Played Games and Shared Wisdom at the Game Devs of Color Expo 2018,, July 16

The mobile video game Becker Derby was praised in this story about the 2018 Game Developers of Color Expo. The game was produced by Maximum Crash, which was founded by Becker alumnus Rejon Taylor-Foster.

Worcester College Becomes First To Offer Degree In Esports Management, WBUR, July 13

Starting this fall, Becker College will offer a bachelor of science degree in esports management — the first of its kind in the nation.

Becker College to Offer Esports Management Undergraduate Degree,, July 13

Students interested in a career in the esports industry can pursue an esports management degree at Becker College.

Colleges and Impact Investing: Becker College’s Journey, Impactivate, July 12

Becker College’s decision to commit 100 percent of its endowment to social impact investing is something that other colleges and universities are considering.

Last Call with Ryan Canuel, game developer, Worcester Magazine, July 12

Becker College alumnus Ryan Canuel, the co-founder and CEO of Petricore, Inc., answered questions from a group of 9-10 year-olds about his company, gaming and game design, including, “If you become a billionaire, will you take a picture of yourself swimming in a pool filled with money?”

Becker College launching esports management degree, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 11

Becker College’s new esports management degree program is designed to prepare students for the business side of professional gaming.

Central Mass. colleges say federal guidance won’t change admissions Worcester Business Journal, July 11

Central Massachusetts colleges, including Becker College, don’t expect to change their admissions reviews as a result of a decision by the Trump Administration, which said that colleges should no longer consider a student’s race or ethnicity in the admissions process. Becker College responded by explaining that they use a holistic approach to the evaluation of applications.

Becker College – Alan Ritacco Interview,, July 11

Alan Ritacco, dean of the School of Design and Technology at Becker College, talks about the college’s new esports management major in an interview posted on the British edition of website Game Reactor.

Bay State Savings Bank names Princeton resident as new Senior Lender, The Landmark, July 11

Becker College graduate Maria Heskes Allard has been promoted to senior leader at Bay State Savings Bank. She earned her associate’s degree from Becker and serves on the college’s Llew Evans Scholarship Committee.

The Power 50: ­Cliff Rucker, Worcester Business Journal, July 9

Cliff Rucker, who delivered the 2018 commencement speech at Becker College, is profiled in this story. Rucker owns the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, where Becker’s ice hockey teams play.

Healy promoted at North Brookfield Savings, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 8

Andrea Healy, who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business at Becker College, has been promoted to senior vice president and human resources officer at North Brookfield Savings Bank.

Softball down under, Citizen’s News, July 7

Becker College graduate Samantha Lee recently travelled to Australia to compete in the Academy Challenge in Sydney. She was part of the first U.S. team to win the tournament in two decades.

A new eSports week,, July 6

Alan Ritacco, dean of the School of Design and Technology at Becker College, was interviewed for the French-language edition of the website Game Reactor. The interview with Ritacco also is posted on the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish versions of the website.

American Legion Baseball Notebook: Wyatt Major leading New Bedford Post 1’s crop of veterans South Coast Today, July 3

Becker College students Noah Rivera and Kevin Santiago are playing American Legion baseball this summer for New Bedford Post 1.

Connecting Point, WGBY-TV, July 2

MassDiGI Executive Director Tim Loew and Dr. Vaughn Calhoun, director of business programs at Becker College, were featured on July 2 edition of the PBS show “Connecting Point” during a segment on esports. The segment begins at approximately 17:25.

Talking the Brave New World of Esports at Becker College,, July 2

Vaughn Calhoun, director of Business Programs at Becker College, talks about the popularity of esports and Becker’s new esports management major.

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Headlines & Headliners June 2018

Headlines & Headliners, May 2018

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